I Heart Ikea

One thing I’m liking about this new layout? Larger font! Much easier on these old lady eyes.

Now that Jack’s eating “real people” food, we have fun things in the house like Goldfish, string cheese, bananas and apple juice. It’s nice to have someone else in the house that will eat fruit- when it was just Brian and me, our bananas and berries would spoil before I had a chance to finish them. Now Jack is happy to help (the boy LOVES blueberries). He’s also a big fan of raisin bread. And now they make a whole wheat version!

So yeah, I snagged a couple slices of his raisin bread and topped it with crunchy pb, along with a honeycrisp ($3.99 for a big box at Target!).

Our big event for the day was meeting Jack’s friend Alex and his mom, Leigh Ann, at Ikea. I think Brian and I took Jack to Ikea once before, on a weekend, and he FREAKED OUT. Too many people, hated the stroller, blah blah blah. So I was nervous today.

Let me tell you- Ikea is the perfect outing for a weekday. There were practically no shaoppers, so Jack and Alex got free reign of the kid department. And they keep “testers” of all of the toys out (genius marketing, Ikea- how could I NOT buy the awesome puppets and block set after watching Jack enjoy them so much?), so the boys just crawled around and played.

I may have to go back for this tunnel.

And guess what’s right next to the toy department??? The restaurant! Once again, good job Ikea. I love the high chairs, they have great kid snacks (jars of organic baby food, too) and I even spotted a bottle warmer.

They have a $2.49 Swedish meatball special on Tuesdays. How could I not get it?

The cafeteria lady and I had a miscommunication. I said, “No gravy, please.” And she heard, “More gravy! More! MORE!

Jack and Alex were just happy little clams, eating their meatballs and looking out the big window. We may go to Ikea every day.

The most exciting purchases of the day (other than the meatballs)?

Cute cupcake liners!

And a flokati-ish run that Chloe wants to make sweet, sweet love to…

Ikea wore Jack out. He slept the whole way home and then took a long nap. Mama likes.

Jack woke up close to 4, which only gave us a few more minutes of daylight- so I popped him in the jog stroller and headed out for a quick run around the neighborhood. I almost ran off the road when I saw a Christmas tree in someone’s window!! No lie- Brian JUST threw away our jack-o-lantern. Like, tonight.

Dinner was quite delicious, if I may say so. Brian grabbed a seasoned pork tenderloin at Aldi the other night. I’m usually not a big fan of pre-marinated meat so I wasn’t expecting much. The package said to bake it at 350 for 20 minutes per lb. It took almost twice that long to get the pork up to a safe internal temp (160 degrees, fyi)… but definitely worth the wait! It was perfect. So far I’ve been really impressed with all of the meat at Aldi.

On the side, Tomato Couscous with Capers- probably my very favorite recipe from Veganomicon (you can view the recipe here). You basically cook the couscous in the juice from a can of diced tomatoes, then add spices, the tomatoes and capers. Simple, right? Jack LOVED it.

Also, sugar snap peas steamed then sauteed in butter, lemon juice and garlic salt.

We’re having a playgroup here tomorrow morning so I need to pick up around here. Oh, and a shower would be nice (and NEEDED)… but first…

TODAY I am thankful for:

1. Naptime.

2. Running. The hardest part is getting out the door, but I’ve never regretted a run.

3. Cooking dinner, especially while listening to music… and sometimes with a glass of wine. And the best part? Brian cleans up afterward. I mean, really- what’s not to love?

What are YOU thankful for today?

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5 Responses to I Heart Ikea

  1. Stacy says:

    My mom got my daughter a tunnel like that last year for her first birthday. It came with a tent that can attach to it. She’ll be two in less than a month and she still plays with that thing every day. Kohl’s has ours on their black Friday sale for a real good price.

  2. marie says:

    Today I’m grateful for:

    Early morning Pilates classes
    Tuna sashimi
    Furry/fuzzy socks and the lovely cool weather that justifies wearing them

  3. Patty Barteau says:

    1. orthodontists who straighten kids teeth.
    2. When dinner is in the crockpot by 8:00 am!!
    3. The smell of good food cooking in the kitchen.

  4. Julie says:

    Gabey used to eat so many blueberries that they come out whole. Eek.

    Ikea is WONDERFUL. They also have $1 ice cream which my kids go INSANE for. I love Chloe on the rug…

    Today, I am thankful for the tent we have put up in our living room— HOURS of entertainment for my crew which means some nice blog reading and coffee for me!

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